One of the big questions about the implementation of internet filtering in New Zealand has been ... when? We've made a number of Official Information Act requests to the Department of Internal Affairs and the answer has always been "in the next couple of months".
In a letter written on January the 20th, the DIA told us that they will be making an announcement regarding the implementation of the filter "in the near future". Well over a month later there has been no announcement.
The filter is already running
We can find nothing on their websites that announces this. And while Watchdog customers are paying for a filtered service, there is no sign on their website that Maxnet have told their customers that some of their internet traffic is being diverted through a government server.
We're disappointed that the government has started the roll out. We've written and linked to a number of articles that explain our opposition to internet filtering.
We're also disappointed with the way that the Department has sneaked the system into live usage without informing anyone.
It's not too late
While the roll out of the filter has started, it's still not too late to stop it. The Department will be contacting other ISPs and inviting them to sign up for the filter too.
Write to your ISP and tell them that you oppose government internet filtering. Tell them that you don't want them to use it. The more ISPs who don't use it, the more chance we have of the filter being closed down.
See our internet filtering page for more information.